For many years, a hub of school food activity has been developing in the Capital Region on Vancouver Island. With local non-profit organizations in the region working hard to support schools to engage in Farm to School related activities alongside the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR) working to convene a network of school food activity for a number of years, the region was primed and ready to build a Farm to School Regional Hub and join together under a united movement.
In the 2014-2015 school year, the Public Health Association of BC, Farm to School BC and the CRFAIR entered into a partnership to embed Farm to School work within the CRFAIR’s Collective Impact Strategy and provide support to the region in the form of funding for Farm to School grants and Community Animator capacity to develop a Farm to School Hub for the region.
Between 2014-2016, the Capital Region Farm to School Community Animator has worked to develop a Farm to School Steering Committee composed of key local stakeholders who give direction and guidance to the Animator for the further development of Farm to School in the region.
CRFAIR has for many years used a roundtable format to bring together communities of practice. Within the work of the Capital Region Farm to School Hub, roundtables are scheduled throughout the school year bringing together school and community stakeholders engaged or interested in Farm to School. The Farm to School Roundtables allow schools to share successes and challenges, explore collaboration, and work to contribute to the priorities of the Hub network.
To learn more about CRFAIR’s work visit www.crfair.ca
To get in touch with Marcus Lobb, Capital Region Farm to School Hub Animator, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org